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Friday, July 16, 2010

Poetry Friday--Eleanor Ross Taylor

Over the past year and a half, Eleanor Ross Taylor was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960-2008 [844.54 TAY], she won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, also for Captive Voices, and, she was awarded $100,000 as part of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. If this wasn't notable by itself, consider this, Taylor was born in 1920! Ninety years old!

Here's a poem from Captive Voices, a bit of tongue-in-cheek advice that young writers would do well to heed!
To a Young Writer

If you like love and fame
Shop early, get your shots
Don't spit, and pass with care—
Avoid it at all costs
Death, breakdown, despair;
They'll fall on you,
Flock-peck to pieces wounded mouse:
I always thought so—
You know he lacked the drive
It had to come—

Dear friends consign you
To sanatorium, prison, and the pall.
No, keep your chair,
Tuck your wits in,
Say finally
I did outdure them all
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  1. More great writing advice! Love the word "outdure!"

  2. Yes, me too! I checked the dictionary and it's listed as Obs., but it is the perfect choice!

  3. So many fantastic poets I've never even heard of. Love this:

    Dear friends consign you
    To sanatorium, prison, and the pall.

    Doesn't that word Dear say it all!

  4. Yes it does. The life of an artist is almost never understood by people who are not creative.